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Cohen is quick to point out that no matter what your child's temperament, she has a playful side. In its most basic form, play is a way to communicate. The author examines, with plenty of hilarious personal anecdotes, the details of play at every age and across genders. From his daughter and a new male friend discussing how "cool" nuclear weapons are and how "gross" a love song is, to a younger child zooming full-speed around a park at a birthday party, we're shown the exuberant truth behind playing: not only is it just plain fun, it can spark a variety of important sensations. One short section discusses the common phenomenon of happy giggling turning instantly to tears. Cohen suggests that "the fun play opens the emotional door to let out the giggles, and a flood of other feelings come pouring out after." Some specific ideas for games are included, and you'll find recommendations for everything from play wrestling to gentle storytelling. One chapter focuses on how to cope with play you don't find enjoyable, and how learning to appreciate these games can lead to surprising emotional insights. This is where Cohen's years of practice come in handy--it may be true that we all play, but not everyone immediately grasps the underlying messages. This is not simply a book filled with family activities, but rather an exploration of play for all ages. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent book. Lots of ideas on how to be successful playing, while helping children with difficulties.Published 4 months ago by Emilia Rainwalker
This is my go-to book for my twin 5 year old boys! I love how the Dr. Cohen explains that children learn through play. Read morePublished 4 months ago by butteredsunshine
WoW!!!! A lot of great tips for parents and child caregivers - I love the straight forward writing and the problem/solution style....Published 5 months ago by Sally Richards
A book every parent should read. I gave it 5 stars even though I found it a little repetitive, but it's such fun and full of really good practical advice.Published 7 months ago by SDY